Six things PR pros need to know on Friday, 5.22.2015

Red Nose Day; Takata recall could take five years; New donation disclosure from the Clinton Foundation.

Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah promoting Red Nose Day on NBC
Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah promoting Red Nose Day on NBC

1. Highlights from the first Red Nose Day in the US included Coldplay taking part in "Game of Thrones, the Musical," Anna Kendrick as the new Indiana Jones, and Julia Roberts revealing her true voice. Two of the program’s biggest backers were Walgreens and M&M’s. Here’s what they did to bring the event, an every-other-year phenomenon in the UK, stateside.

2. It could take five years to replace all the defective airbags affected by the Takata recall, and the Japanese auto-products-maker could face a cash crunch throughout the process, putting its future in doubt, one analyst told CNBC. PRWeek took an in-depth look at how the recall, unprecedented in scope, is affecting automakers, dealers, and federal regulators and their communications with the public.

3. The Clinton Foundation said Thursday that it received $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from companies, overseas groups, and universities. The funding was classified as "revenue" instead of "donations," meaning it did not have to be disclosed under the group’s 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, the State Department said it plans to soon release emails about the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three in four Democratic insiders told Politico that they believe testifying in front of Congress on the Benghazi attacks will help Hillary Clinton more than hurting her image.

4. Reality-show star Josh Duggar apologized on Thursday after a tabloid report alleged he molested several underage girls while he was a teen. The star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting also resigned from the conservative lobbying group the Family Research Council.

5. Lowercase Capital’s Chris Sacca, an early investor in Twitter, said in a Thursday blog post that he will be more candid about changes he thinks are necessary at the company. Executives such as CEO Dick Costolo are under the microscope as the platform struggles to grow its membership.

6. Google posted an apology on Thursday for a flaw in Google Maps that directs users who type in specific racial slurs to the White House. The company used a lengthy blog post to explain what actions it is taking to fix the problem.

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